For more than 40 years, the New York Islanders called Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum home. But this season, they move into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — and they’ll have a new third jersey when they do.
Today, the Isles unveiled a black and white uniform to complement the team’s classic blue and orange sweaters. The new jersey is a mishmash of the Islanders’ 2013 Stadium Series look and the design scheme of the Brooklyn Nets, who also play at Barclays.
“While being respectful of the tradition of the Islanders’ current uniforms, we are thrilled to have been able to collaboratively find a balance that embraces Brooklyn with the new third jersey,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark says. “The colors of black and white infuse the spirit of Brooklyn into the borough’s new home team, while the four stripes seen throughout the uniform pay homage to the Islanders famed Stanley Cup dynasty.”
(As someone who lives in Brooklyn, I’m still fuzzy on why black and white have been deemed the colors of the borough, but whatever.)
The jersey has “B” and “Bklyn” marks all over it, in case anyone forgot that the Islanders are now playing in Brooklyn. There’s also an inaugural season patch on one shoulder and a patch memorializing legendary Isles coach Al Arbour, who died in August, on the other.
The Islanders will debut the new black-and-white unis on November 3 against the New Jersey Devils — a team New York has played twice in pre-season test runs at Barclays. They’ll wear them 11 more times over the course of the season.
Check out a closer look at the sweater, as well as a sneak peek at what it will look like on the ice, below.
Photos: New York Islanders